BOSTON (CBS) — There’s still a chance David Krejci will be in the Bruins lineup when they open their season Thursday night in Dallas. But it’s looking less likely just two days out.
Krejci himself didn’t sound very confident when asked during Tuesday’s media day at Warrior Ice Arena.
“I don’t know. You know you can’t ask that question. You know you’re not going to get a real answer,” he joked.
While Krejci did say he felt better on Tuesday, he was sporting a red non-contract jersey before the team’s practice, taking part in some team drills before leaving the ice when contact drills began. The veteran centerman is still nursing a lower body injury that he suffered early in last Monday’s exhibition win over the Flyers. Krejci played just two shifts in that game before contact led to an awkward fall. He didn’t play again during Boston’s preseason slate.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has remained confident that Krejci would be able to play Thursday night in Dallas, but that is now in doubt with just one practice remaining before the team makes their way to Dallas. Krejci would likely have to get in a full-contact practice before he’s cleared for game action.
“I only missed five days on the ice. I’m not really concerned. I’m going to have to get up to speed, for sure,” he said. “But I’m going to try to keep it simple when I get back and just do the right things, get the right habits back and take it from there.”
During his session with reporters at Tuesday’s media day, Bruins GM Don Sweeney said it was “possible” that Krejci could play on Thursday night against the Stars.
“It’s to be determined still. He worked his way back out there for practice, and hopefully he’ll continue to do the same, so we’ll evaluate him every day,” said Sweeney.
Par Lindholm skated in Krejci’s place on Boston’s second line again on Tuesday, centering Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman.